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Welcome to PulseWire! I am so happy that you are part of a community that cherishes your voice and encourages your vision for a better tomorrow. Your knowledge and ideas will be inspiring others through your writing and service to this community. The role of gender equality is vibrant and bold with World Pulse, where we encourage you to teach as well as learn.

With friendship, Carri Pence

Dear Safiya,

Welcome to PulseWire! We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I would love to hear more about the Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative that you founded. What are your goals and in what ways are you empowering women in your community?

I have some dear friends in Nigeria who are working in similar initiatives and I would love to introduce you to them!

Busayo is starting a Women's Inspiration Center in Ife to provide women with a space to learn, connect and use the Internet. http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1463

Olutosin is the founder of Stop the Abuse of Rights and is a poet and champion for women and children. http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1037

Celine is a human professional who fights for the empowerment and rights of women and people living with disabilities. http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1194

I hope that you will join us in the Ending Gender Based Violence group: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/22295

And participate in our Action Blogging Campaign: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/action-blogging-campaign-gbv

Based on your work, experience and passion - your voice is valuable to this campaign and I encourage you to share!

In friendship, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse

Hello Jade,

Thanks for having me. Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) EWEI was founded in April 2008 with a mission to providing multi-sectoral interventions towards the empowerment of women and improving the lives of women through capacity building and advocacy.

The vision is to bring about empowerment through enlightenment. Sustainable development is only achievable through investment in human capital resources. It is no secret that women waste away under the bondage of ignorance about opportunities and resources that they can use to improve their welfare, professionalism and well being or are unable to access such resources due to socio-cultural norms and practices. Numerous opportunities abound for women both locally and internationally which can address the various issues that have long kept them and this nation at large under-developed and poverty stricken. Needlessly countless children and women die of preventable causes like malaria, HIV/AIDS, lack of proper child and maternal care. Change can only come when women come to a realization of their abilities and the need for them to take an active part in decision making and policy formation. EWEI seeks to bring such information to women through the use of the internet, seminars, newsletters and various other interventions.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:  Enlighten Girls/Women on health, reproductive, political, economic and social issues and topics  Encourage Girl-child Education  Inspire Girls/Women to aspire to be the best they can be - Aim for Excellence  Encourage girls in various fields of study like sciences and Information technology  Encourage political participation of girls/women and contribute to both the political and legislative process through capacity building, civic education and advocacy  Work towards the accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals 2, 3, 4 and 5  Make simplified information accessible to girls/women at no cost  Get involved in and advocate for progressive budgeting practices, gender mainstreaming and good governance initiatives  Advocating for legislation for women’s rights and the rights of the girl child  Using creative means like sports to build self-esteem and confidence in girls, women and youth in general.


 Empowerment and Topical Seminars (Focuses on issues like HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cancer (Breast, Cervical etc) Excelling in careers, Girl-Child Education, MDG awareness, Health practices etc  EWEI NEWS: Quarterly Newsletters featuring topics that touch on health, politics, economic empowerment, security, food and nutrition etc  Website: Access to the same information in our newsletters and also a lot of helpful resources. Designed to encourage IT literacy among girls and women. www.ewei.wetpaint.com  Delegate/Mentor Program: Representatives of EWEI help to mentor and encourage beneficiaries in their various areas of need. It provides a support base for EWEI activities across the nation and gives delegates and mentors a chance to give back to their communities.  Advocacy and Participation: This involves advocacy to various stakeholders, making a case for necessary legislation and implementation of existing laws and policies for enforcements of women’s rights.  Sports, Recreational, Intervention and Step down Programs: These programs are usually designed in collaboration with other organizations to further the development of women in the various subject matters.  EWEI Special Projects: Getting Involved, Let Her Play, Educational Subsidy Programme (ESP), Civic Education and Participation for Women Project (CEPWOP), Economic Empowerment Partnerships (EEP), Know and Say No.

You can find out more about EWEI and what we do on www.ewei.wetpaint.com

It is always great to hear of and meet like minded women in my community. Will definitely join on the campaign to help speak out against and end gender based violence.

Safiya Ibn Garba www.ewei.wetpaint.com